MLB Futures: Iowa Sportsbooks High On White Sox For 2021 Season

Written By Derek Helling on February 24, 2021 - Last Updated on August 9, 2021

Now might be the time to “buy” if you want to back a Midwest team to win the World Series.

Sportsbooks are pretty skeptical about 2021 MLB futures for regional teams — other than the Chicago White Sox. The Southsiders have, by far, the strongest roster among teams in states that border Iowa.

Hope still springs eternal for the Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Twins, Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals. In addition to team futures, Iowa sports betting apps have some player-specific futures markets as well.

Sizing up the 2021 MLB futures for World Series odds

At popular Iowa sports betting apps such as BetMGM Sportsbook and DraftKings Sportsbook, the Los Angeles Dodgers are a consensus betting favorite to win the World Series in 2021.

The next group of teams with the shortest odds isn’t such a strong consensus, however. Depending on which book you’re looking at, these teams fall in various orders:

  • Atlanta Braves
  • New York Yankees
  • San Diego Padres
  • New York Mets

When you’re shopping for futures odds, a unified voice among sportsbooks isn’t in your best interest. In fact, smart bettors take advantage of varying opinions if they like a wager. A comprehensive outlook for all regional team futures at Iowa sportsbooks, allowing you to shop for the best line, is right here.

SportsbookWorld Series oddsLeague championship oddsDivision championship odds
BetMGMWhite Sox +1000
Twins +1600
Cardinals +2200
Brewers +3000
Cubs +3500
Royals +10000
White Sox +400
Twins +700
Cardinals +1200
Brewers +1800
Cubs +1800
Royals +5000
White Sox -110
Twins +140
Cardinals +155
Brewers +275
Cubs +350
Royals +4000
BetRiversWhite Sox +850
Twins +2000
Cardinals +2500
Cubs +4000
Brewers +4400
Royals +10000
White Sox +380
Twins +750
Cardinals +1050
Cubs +2200
Brewers +2500
Royals +5000
White Sox -143
Twins +175
Cardinals +100
Brewers +385
Cubs +400
Royals +4000
DraftKingsWhite Sox +850
Twins +2000
Cardinals +2500
Cubs +4000
Brewers +4400
Royals +10000
White Sox +380
Twins +750
Cardinals +1050
Cubs +2200
Brewers +2500
Royals +5000
White Sox -143
Twins +175
Cardinals +100
Brewers +385
Cubs +400
Royals +4000
FanDuelWhite Sox +850
Twins +1800
Cardinals +2200
Cubs +3500
Brewers +4500
Royals +11000
White Sox +370
Twins +750
Cardinals +1000
Cubs +2200
Brewers +2500
Royals +6000
White Sox -125
Twins +135
Cardinals -105
Brewers +380
Cubs +500
Royals +4000
PointsBetWhite Sox +900
Twins +1800
Cardinals +2500
Cubs +4000
Brewers +5000
Royals +10000
White Sox +375
Twins +700
Cardinals +1100
Cubs +2200
Brewers +2500
Royals +5500
White Sox -135
Twins +160
Cardinals +105
Brewers +375
Cubs +425
Royals +4000
William HillWhite Sox +1000
Twins +1600
Cardinals +2500
Cubs +4000
Brewers +6000
Royals +10000
White Sox +400
Twins +700
Cardinals +1300
Cubs +2200
Brewers +3000
Royals +6000
White Sox -135
Twins +170
Cardinals +130
Brewers +350
Cubs +375
Royals +4000

For example, if you do like St. Louis to win its division this year and want to get your wager down, BetMGM is your best bet right now. A few books also have team win total markets for the upcoming season. PointsBet has a line of 72.5 on the Kansas City Royals, for instance, with -110 odds on both sides of the market.

At several of the books, you can also make a playoff qualification prop bet for individual teams. BetRivers offers +145 on “Yes” and -182 on “No” for the Milwaukee Brewers. That market pays out the same regardless of whether the team wins its division or nabs a wild-card spot.

If individual athletes’ futures odds are more to your liking, there’s a strong volume of those markets at Iowa sportsbooks. Those wagers are a great example of the importance of timing in futures betting.

Whit’s hits, Hader’s savers and more athlete futures

Athletes who play for teams in states bordering Iowa are also on Iowa sportsbooks’ shortlists to lead MLB in statistical categories along with taking home awards as well. For example, William Hill has the Royals second baseman Whit Merrifield +1500 to lead all of baseball in hits.

Books also have markets for home runs, runs batted in, stolen bases and strikeouts (pitchers, not hitters). Saves might be a category of interest for Iowa baseball bettors, as both the Brewers’ Josh Hader and the White Sox’s new closer, Liam Hendricks, are among the favorites there.

Outside of Chicago’s Lucas Giolito, area players aren’t among the current favorites for Cy Young or MVP awards. That doesn’t mean the situation won’t change.

The odds in these markets can fluctuate wildly over time due to factors like:

  • Consistent poor/strong performances
  • Injuries, not just to the player you wagered upon but for other players in the market as well
  • Public betting
  • Scheduling considerations, such as late in the season when a team has been eliminated from playoff contention

So, when you put your bet down has a good deal of importance. If the odds on your wager increase before the market closes, the sportsbook isn’t going to give you the better odds should your bet prove a winner. You’ll get the payout quoted on your ticket.

This is where bettors are somewhat on equal footing with sportsbooks, as nobody can predict injuries and when players/teams will go into slumps. Just like with any other wagering, it’s pivotal to do your homework, bet within your limits and then hope for the best.

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Derek Helling is a freelance journalist who resides in Chicago. He is a 2013 graduate of the University of Iowa and covers the intersections of sports with business and the law.

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